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Meet our Team

  • Leadership
  • AIMEE HODGES Interim City Director

    Aimee has worked in the mortgage industry, with college students, young business professionals and at The Navigators’ headquarters. She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and enjoys strategic planning and leadership coaching.

    CONTACT

    aimee@atlnavs.com

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  • JOHN and Beth STARKE ASSOCIATE CITY DIRECTOR Nav20s DIRECTOR

    John has worked at The Advisory Board Company and has obtained a Master’s degree in Comparative Religion. He is passionate about equipping next generation professionals to have effective ministry in their workplace and communities. 

    Beth brings exposure to cultures from around the world and experience in education. She loves discipling the hearts of women and living among those who don’t know Jesus.  

    CONTACT

    john@atlnavs.com

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  • Dave and Cathy Bowman Atlanta Campus Mission Director

    Dave worked as an engineer before joining Navigator staff in 1978. Dave brings 35 years of expertise in staff training and development, sending out over 105 staff. Dave loves developing and caring for staff and serves as a member of The U.S. Navigators’ Collegiate Leadership Team. 

    Cathy worked as a registered dietitian and joined Navigator staff in 1976. She co-labors with Dave in ministry and loves seeing people understand who Christ is and live in freedom. Cathy and Dave have two daughters and three grandchildren.

    CONTACT

    dave@atlnavs.com

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  • Donnie and Valerie Hoover Navigator Church Ministries Director

    Donnie worked in the banking industry for 10 years before going into vocational ministry. He then discipled students at Georgia Tech for 17 years. He currently serves with The Navigator Church Ministries. He is passionate about one-on-one discipleship with the goal of raising up leaders for the next generation. He continues to disciple young men in addition to his role of coaching pastors. 

    Valerie served in High School ministry for 7 years before marrying Donnie and joining him in ministry at Georgia Tech. She has a heart for discipling young women and especially enjoys partnering with Donnie in providing pre-marital counseling for couples. They love being the parents of their three children, Brittni (17), Brianna (15), Brock (12). 

    CONTACT

    Donnie@atlnavs.com

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  • Matt and Kellie Maxwell Atlanta Urban Director

    Matt has recently joined The Navigators as the Urban Youth Director.  He has become convinced of God’s calling on his life to give it on behalf of the fatherless, voiceless, brokenhearted, and poor. Matt has served in the commercial construction industry for the past 16 years and has developed into a leading project manager.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

    Kellie is a faithful mother that has been raising her three children cross-culturally in low-income and marginalized urban areas. While raising her children, she has also developed a deep love and compassion for urban youth, especially the fatherless, voiceless, brokenhearted and poor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture.

    CONTACT

    Matt.maxwell@atlnavs.com

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  • David and Anna Rau Intl Student Mission Director

    David developed a heart for the nations when he served abroad as a college student. He has been working with international students for the past four years and is passionate about welcoming them, helping them navigate American culture and removing obstacles in the way of them encountering Christ.

    Anna’s heart for all things international emerged during her childhood spent in the Philippines. She completed a degree in Intercultural Studies and has spent two stints abroad since college, punctuated by jobs in the service industry. She loves understanding and engaging with people from around the world and being a catalyst for Christ in their lives.

    CONTACT

    david@atlnavs.com anna@atlnavs.com

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  • Tyler and Kathryn Harrison Workplace Mission Director

    After graduating from Vanderbilt University and serving as a shipboard officer in the United States Navy, Tyler enjoyed a twenty year corporate real estate career. Today Tyler is self-employed as an asset manager. Kathryn is a graduate from UGA and Vanderbilt and practices law. Tyler and Kathryn are passionate about participating with God as He draws businesspersons to Himself and grows them into followers of Jesus Christ.

    CONTACT

    tyler@atlnavs.com kathryn@atlnavs.com

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  • Rich and Jane Berry Navigator Church Ministries

    Richard planted and pastored a church in Atlanta, and served with the Evangelical Covenant Church as Assistant Superintendent of the Southeast Conference and US Director of Urban Church Expansion. He leads men’s ministries in Atlanta, coaches pastors and oversees Navigator staff in cities across the country and is working to bring ethnicity through all of the missions and the broad work of The Navigators.

    CONTACT

    rich@atlnavs.com

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  • Staff Team
  • Caleb Ba and Gabriela Busquet Norcross20s Point-Person

    Caleb and Gabriela graduated from Houston Baptist University. They both served as part of the Navigators ministry on campus and transitioned to the ATL Nav20s upon moving to Atlanta. Caleb moved to Atlanta July 2015 to start medical school and is passionate about reaching out to his classmates by sharing the gospel. Upon marrying Caleb July 2016, Gabriela also moved to Atlanta. She has a heart for reaching and loving the lost in and around the workplace.

    CONTACT

    caleb.bamendoza@navigators.org gabriela.busquet@navigators.org

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  • Lawrence and Erika Brown Urban Youth Leader

    Lawrence is leading our urban youth ministries in South Atlanta.  His life experiences, love for Jesus Christ, and his giftings for working with youth have made him an essential addition to our urban youth initiatives.

    Erika has worked in the financial industry for the past seven years. She has a huge heart for working amongst people who do not know Jesus and loves to show people the love of Christ through building authentic relationships. Erika and Lawrence actively serve in a new church in Southwest Atlanta where they are also raising their three lively, energetic sons.

    CONTACT

    lawrence.brown@atlnavs.com

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  • Ben and Caryn Burchardi Campus Director Georgia Institue of Technology

    Ben is a University of Florida alum with a background in construction management.  Having a passion for building, whether it is with lumber and screws or investing into the lives of people, he is excited about developing the next generation of laborers at Georgia Tech.

    Caryn is a Colorado State University alum with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. She has worked with The Navigators since 2005, serving at CSU, Clemson University, The University of Florida and now at Georgia Tech. Besides spending time with her two daughters, Caryn has a passion to equip student leaders, mentor women one-on-one and invest her time in people who are not familiar with Jesus.

    CONTACT

    ben@atlnavs.com caryn@atlnavs.com

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  • Megan Colabrese Nav20s Associate Director

    After graduating from Penn State, Megan worked in the commercial real estate industry. Since joining the Navigators, she has worked at their headquarters, with college students at Penn State, and most recently with young professionals on Capitol Hill. She’s passionate about seeing the love of Christ transform lives so people can live more fully out of who they were created to be.

    CONTACT

    megan@atlnavs.com

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  • Daniel Gates Kennesaw State University

    Daniel graduated from the University of South Carolina and has served with The Navigators since 2012.  He loves to meet and mentor new students with the Gospel and is excited to do so on Kennesaw State’s campus.

    CONTACT

    Daniel@atlnavs.com

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  • Cheyenne Joyce Urban Youth Leader

    Cheyenne is a student at Georgia State University majoring in Social Work. She has served in youth ministry for three years, and college ministry for the last year and a half. She has a heart for urban youth ministry and hopes to become a youth pastor in the South Atlanta area one day, encouraging students to discover their God given talents and using them for God’s glory.

    CONTACT

    cheyenne.joyce@atlnavs.com

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  • Lloyd and Gloria Lassiter Associate Staff Military AFAM Network

    Lloyd works in Information Technology and has served with the Navigators since 1981. He is associate staff with the military focusing on ethnic initiatives and is an active AFAM network member developing disciple maker leaders.

    Gloria is a high school teacher with a Masters in Math Education. She enjoys evangelism and encouraging women in their walk with Christ.

    CONTACT

    lloyd@atlnavs.com

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  • Kareem and Ashley Manuel Atlanta University Director

    Kareem Manuel is a pastor, an entrepreneur, a husband, a father, and the CEO of CTZN Creative. Kareem’s greatest strengths spring from his ability to look past labels and characterizations and find the true talent and gifts in others.

    CONTACT

    kareem@atlnavs.com

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  • Chris and Johana Miller Atlanta University Center

    Chris and Johana Miller have been married since 2008 and have three wonderful children. Chris has been a college pastor for a church in Texas for the past nine years, which involved everything from discipling Collegiates on being leaders among their peers, to training families to co-labor in discipling Collegiates in the city while also being involved in campus activities. Another part of Chris’ joy of discipleship is taking students overseas for mission work to such places as Spain, China, Kenya, and Austria. Over the past nine years, Chris and Johana have done premarital counseling for couples that have come through the college ministry or have joined the church at a later time. It’s been a joy for the Millers to share the good news of the gospel through God’s plan for marriage. Johana has a wonderful gift of loving young ladies one at a time while making each woman feel comfortable in how God as uniquely created her.

    CONTACT

    millers@atlnavs.com

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  • Scott and Marion Murphy International Student Mission

    Scott and Marion have lived in East Asia and ministered with East Asian college students. Scott loves vulnerable one-on-one sharing from the heart with whoever God brings his way. Marion’s interest in East Asia launched with a major in anthropology, serving on the Navs East Asia Task Force, and getting a masters in ESL. Missions has been worked out in the context of raising our 4 children and now 5 grandchildren. She especially has a passion for living among the lost and pre-evangelism, hospitality, and discipling and mentoring young women.

    CONTACT

    scott.murphy@atlnavs.com marion.murphy@atlnavs.com

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  • Carlos Preston Urban Youth Leader

    Carlos, a native of southwest Atlanta, graduated from Ashford University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. As a father of four, he understands and is passionate about the importance of early discipleship in the lives of youth. He has been involved in children’s ministry since 2003 and has led, along with his wife Amandria, a recreational ministry for children since 2010. Carlos’s love for and involvement in local and global missions inspires him to be “in the trenches” with those hurting and in need of a Christ-led life in the city that is close to his heart.

    CONTACT

    carlos.preston@atlnavs.com

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  • Michael Robinson Nav20s SWATL Point Person

    Michael graduated from the University of North Texas. Upon graduating in 2012, he was introduced to the Navigators and began serving with college students. After transitioning from the campus to the workplace, Michael began serving with the DFW Nav20s team. In 2015, Michael set out to move to Atlanta to be a part of the ATL 20s team. With a calling to make reproducible disciples among a generation of 20s, Michael is dedicated to investing in the lives of 20s throughout the city of Atlanta, specifically in SW ATL.

    CONTACT

    michael.robinson1@navigators.org

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  • Dennis and Melynda Schauer International Student Mission

    Dennis has been involved with the Navigators since his freshman year at the University of Alabama, where he served as a student leader. After graduating with a communications degree, he joined EDGE Corps for two years at the University of Tennessee. He recently graduated with a seminary degree from Beeson Divinity School and is excited to use his passion for the lost by reaching out to international students and sharing the gospel with those who have never heard.

    Melynda’s interest in other cultures began when she moved to Asia as the daughter of missionaries when she was a child. After graduating from an international high school in Taiwan, she earned a mass communication degree from the University of Montevallo, then worked for six years as a digital journalist for a TV station in Birmingham, AL. She likes to meet people from different backgrounds and practice hospitality. Dennis and Melynda are expecting their first child in April.

    CONTACT

    dennis.schauer@atlnavs.com melynda.schauer@atlnavs.com

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  • Caresse Spencer Urban Youth Leader

    Caresse, born in Atlanta, is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where she majored in Journalism and minored in Political Science. She’s dreamed of playing basketball professionally, changing the world through politics, or even being a voice for the unheard as a journalist. But God had different plans. Instead, she found a career in writing (Media Relations) for a major Christian label as well as several churches and a church planting network. Yet, after a mission trip to Guatemala and an amazing summer at Kids Across America, Caresse knew her calling was to youth ministry. Since then, she’s found a way to combine sports and communication with her love for young people by coaching basketball and mentoring high school students. She’s proud to be an “entrepre-missionary” using her creativity and writing skills for God’s glory while encouraging people to enjoy life, but more importantly enjoy God.

    CONTACT

    caresse.spencer@atlnavs.com

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  • BJ and Vanja Thompson Campus Director Atlanta University Center

    BJ and Vanja have been married since 2002 and have 3 beautiful children. BJ has a vast array of experience including serving as a detention officer, planting member for ReachLife Ministries, working with high school youth, mentoring and advising men and coaching and shepherding lay leaders. BJ is also a co-founder of Build a Better Us, a marriage ministry.

    Vanja has a heart for building relationships with young women helping them to pursue godliness and holistic health. She loves welcoming people into their home and hosting small gatherings.

    CONTACT

    bj@atlnavs.com

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  • Clint and Leigh Ann Trebesh Campus Director Georgia State University

    Since meeting in 2005, Clint and Leigh Ann have been following God’s calling to advance the gospel of Jesus, make disciples, and raise up kingdom laborers and leaders among college students. Clint graduated from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and Leigh Ann from Winthrop University. After serving at the University of Colorado, then at the University of New Mexico they moved to Atlanta in 2013 to pioneer a new disciple-making ministry at Georgia State. Here they desire to see this next generation of men and women come to know, love, and follow Jesus. They long to bridge the gaps of culture, race, economics, social status, and spirituality with the gospel so that future generations would experience this transformational relationship with Christ.

    CONTACT

    clint@atlnavs.com leighann@atlnavs.com

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  • Christine White Atlanta City Administrator Georgia State University

    Prior to joining staff with The Navigators, Christine received a Civil Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and worked for Samaritan’s Purse in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene programming overseas. Christine spent almost four years as Navigators collegiate staff at Xavier University before moving back to Atlanta with her husband, Daniel. Christine strongly believes in the power of one-on-one discipleship and is excited to serve The Navigators in both office administration and investing in students on Georgia State’s campus.

    CONTACT

    christine.white@navigators.org

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  • Lenisha “Leni” Williams Urban Youth Leader

    Lenisha graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology: Counseling and Human Development but dreamed to become a missionary to Africa. After an internship in Atlanta, God made it quite clear that her mission field was Atlanta. In 2015, she decided to move to Atlanta from her home country of Trinidad and Tobago. She loves kids and is passionate about helping them to know Jesus and the depth of His love.

    CONTACT

    leni.williams@atlnavs.com

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